Before wrapping up, one more big celebration is in order: as partners and allies for many years, CTM and the Montréal Mutek Festival, which will also celebrate its 10th anniversary in May 2009, invite everyone to a joint after-hour birthday party. And where could be better than Berlin’s centre of extended clubbing, the Berghain Panorama Bar.
The fitting sound for it comes from artists who are connected by the two festivals and one of the central ideas of their cooperation – the promotion of the musical exchange between Montréal, Berlin, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and other places in South America. On the decks: Vincent Lemieux
, Mutek co-organiser and operator of the label Musique Risquée, and the Argentinian born Ernesto Ferreyra
, also know from his collaboration with Guillaume and the Coutu-Dumonts as Chic Miniature. In addition, a live set by Cynosure founder Mike Shannon
and, as a special treat on top, a joint appearance by Panorama Bar resident Cassy
. Behind it is none other than Tobias Freund aka Pink Elln, a sound perfectionist in a class of his own and, along with Dandy Jack and Jorge Gonzales, member of the German-Chilean formation Sieg Über die Sonne.
Since their first project together for club transmediale 2002 – a club night with Akufen, Pole, Deadbeat, Tim Hecker and others – Mutek and CTM have solidified their cooperation and friendship through regular activities and reciprocal support. This has included organising the spectacular Narod Niki show – the Laptop-Allstar-Group around Ricardo Villalobos and Ritchie Hawtin – at the Berlin Volksbühne in 2004, reciprocally organising program content for their festivals, and working together within the framework of I.C.A.S. – International Cities of Advanced Sound
, a network for experimental music festivals that is currently being developed.
Like this afternoon's host Berghain/ Panorama Bar, Mutek and CTM feel indebted to the original community spirit of electronic club culture, with the combination of hedonistic free spirit, pleasure in experimentation and willingness to take risks. All three share an interest in uncompromising musical quality, artistic crossover and aesthetic consistency. Through their activities over the years, each of them has become an important nodal point in the production and presentation of their specific network and community.